Baguio, dubbed the City of Pines in the Cordillera Region of Luzon, added another item to its credentials as an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City award recipient.
The new award tags the city with the ASEAN stamp of approval valid from 2020 to 2022.
After being hailed in 2017 as a UNESCO Creative City under the Crafts and Folk Arts category, Baguio City has now earned new recognition for its urban improvement projects.
The “Summer Capital of the Philippines” clinched the ASEAN Clean Tourist City award for its campaign to uplift the quality of life of its citizens through public space beautification, environment conservation, public safety, proper waste disposal, and maintaining sanitation.
Baguio City passed the seven criteria set by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS):
- Environmental management
- Waste Management
- Awareness-Building about Environment Protection and Cleanliness
- Green Space
- Health Safety, Urban Safety, and Security
- Tourism Infrastructure and Facilities
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong went on social media on November 27 to congratulate his constituents for the new award and recognition from the ASEAN.
“Congratulations Baguio City for being one of the three winners to receive the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award for 2020-2022”, Magalong posted.
Baguio City, home to the Igorot tribes and the Panagbenga Flower Festival, will receive a certificate of appreciation and a plaque with the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Label during awarding ceremonies to be held on January 16, 2020, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
Philippine cities have been receiving recognitions, among them, Iloilo City in Panay Island which also received the 2019 ASEAN Clean Tourist City citation.
Cebu City was recently named as a UNESCO Global Design City.
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